Chapter 9
Illustration by Haylee Bolinger

Periapsis

Young adults vie for coveted citizenship on Deimos, the near-zero-gravity moon of Mars that has become a hub for innovation and interplanetary commerce. Competing in a series of challenges that blend science and creativity, contestants use neurochemicals to control their emotions and anxiety and ensure peak performance under the watchful eyes of Deimos citizens.

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James L. Cambias is a science fiction writer and game designer. His first novel, A Darkling Sea, was published by Tor in 2014, and his new book Corsair came out in 2015. His stories have been featured in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nature, and several original anthologies. He is a cofounder of Zygote Games, designed Bone Wars: The Game of Ruthless Paleontology, and has written or contributed to more than a dozen tabletop role-playing game books.
  • Response to “Periapsis”

    Written by Alex MacDonald
    Economist, Civil and Commercial Space Divison, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    I think the story is a really interesting analysis of how economic activity might evolve in the solar system. […] You have the emergence of diverse cultures that predominate in different environments. You have a distinct Mars culture and a very different Deimos culture. You also have a very interesting treatment of a different economic future for Earth…

  • Longer-Than-Lifetime-Projects

    Many institutions have lasted multiple lifetimes—religions, cities, universities, militaries, a very few corporations—and often that was the intent, but these were not beginning-middle-end projects. What is so worth building that multiple generations would feel inspired to bear down on it for lifetimes?

    – Stewart Brand

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